Vanity and Form: The Reason For Mirrors

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So I am Senior Health Fitness Specialist and I work in a corporate fitness center. I teach fitness classes, run wellness programs, do personal training, do exercise prescription and so on. I am not just a personal trainer or fitness instructor. Yes…I take offense to that as I went to get a 4 year degree and a expensive certification to say otherwise. There is nothing wrong with being an instructor or personal trainer but I went above and beyond for a higher position and title. So yea I am VAIN about this, LOL.

Working in the health field I have seen many things both while interning at a satellite hospital site and while working in various aspects of health over the years. But nothing prepares you for the things you will see in a fitness center. The hilarity that happens pales in comparison. People believe that you are both blind, stupid, and the world centers around them. Moreover, when things happen to them you have to try and keep a straight face while watching them do these stupid things because I swear I cannot make them up people when dumb ditty over there tries to push start the treadmill. Um it has a BIG green button that says START…Why not try that? Or pulling a Cleveland Brown on the treadmill like my younger brother did many years ago while I was at my first job ever and tried racing me. I was minding my business running and him not knowing how a treadmill really ‘worked’ decided to just input the level at which I was running by putting the actual number and then increase the speed. A smart person would have known it will START at 8 miles an hour. it will take time to get to that level (a few about 15 seconds maybe). So this genius thought he was doing something and welp he was still increasing the speed thinking it was not going fast enough because it was not as fast as I was and when it hit my speed and he was already increasing it he FLEW off the back but since the room was small it was right against a wall and he looped for a bit before i jumped off my treadmill to give him space to get out and off his treadmill. I will not lie I laughed so hard i seriously was crying and people thought I was hurt (from the noises they heard– the crash).

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Every time I see this above episode I think back to this and the image is so fresh I just start laughing all over again. The starwberry on his shoulders and back he called ‘carpet burns’ were there for some time. I will never forget it and when people fall in the gym on the treadmill and have similar moments I swear I wonder how in God’s name they FIGHT it…I just fall and let it happen, why do you fight and keep trying to get back up while the belt is still moving. Let it go! Well unless it’s at a wall and then hold on for dear life!

Or the person who sits backwards on the chest fly and tries to do back fly and the arms only come part of the way around but they stick with it. It is my job to go over to these people and help them before they hurt themselves not laugh at them.

Or the people who instead of using the big mirrors in the weight lifting section for watching your form and correcting it, they are flexing and watching themselves. Yes, I see you watching yourself and just enjoying YOU. That’s great self-confidence but um get the heck out the mirror and let someone who needs it use it. I mean really it’s great that you have immeasurable hotness and you are psyching yourself up what not but the music has you pumped and you are awesome but MOVE! The world does not revolve around you though the mirror seems like it does.

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Then there is the gross creeper that is watching everyone in the mirror/ fitness center and makes your skin crawl. That’s the person that almost makes you want to be on a machine where you back is to the wall so that you can see everyone around you at all times like someone may be pick pocketing your soul. Instead they are doing something far creepier they are almost walking around smelling your scent and stealing glances at you doing squats and staring at your most intimate places and you feel the eyes on you but you have no idea from where.

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And they are always happy when it’s squat day

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But the fitness center isn’t all that bad when you have confidence and people are not that gross and creepy. Usually they are not but you always get a few that young idiots that have to be put in their place. And kudos to fitness centers that have a ‘women’s’ section that is separate from the rest of the fitness center with additional weights and cardio for a circuit. Though men do struggle with body image, women and young women especially struggle with this more often and need this additional benefit at least until they are comfortable to be on the main floor. with their weight training. Meat Head intimidation and crowding is no fun (no matter what level fitness you are in, lol).

 

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13 comments

  1. magarisa · February 4, 2016

    “The world does not revolve around you though the mirror seems like it does.” Ha!! 😀

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    • Lady CAS · February 4, 2016

      I am sorry but I watch people, it’s the psychologist in me and I just marvel I cannot help it. I laugh all day long. They are just too funny when they think no one is looking. It’s almost cute but then when someone else wants to use it I’m like dude/ chic REALLY MOVE! You know you see them or sometimes ME!!! LOL

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      • magarisa · February 4, 2016

        I’m a people-observer as well, and studied psychology in university. We (and I don’t mean just you and me, but all fellow humans) can be quite funny to watch indeed!

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        • Lady CAS · February 4, 2016

          So True. I tell people I will do things whether I think you are watching or not because that is indeed the psych in me, LOL. My husband laughs when I go out of my way to give people something to watch especially while working out…I lunge extra deep mouthing feel the burn and whispering, ‘bi’s and thighs day yea baby’ lol and things like, ‘suns out guns out ppl’ he just laughs. Then start doing real slow deliberate deadlifts, LOL he laughs and shakes his head

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  2. acquiescent72 · February 4, 2016

    And just to think that I assumed falling off the treadmill was normal…

    I keep threatening to go back to a gym, but your article intimidates me…lol

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    • Lady CAS · February 4, 2016

      LMBO with my members I only laugh out loud if it’s me falling off.. or a sibling of mine! I go in my office to laugh if you were a jerk to me earlier and karma got you and if you are a regular average joe member I do not laugh because you may have actually hurt yourself. Honest! My first reaction to laugh is only for those who DESERVE it! My brother fell into that category he was always being a jerk to me back then.

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  3. Afrika Bohemian · February 4, 2016

    HAHAHAHAHAH I thought I was the only person who noticed these things, thanks for sharing

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    • Lady CAS · February 4, 2016

      LOL you are welcome I had to share the comedy because I knew someone else was seeing this craziness! 🙂

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      • Afrika Bohemian · February 4, 2016

        It makes for a good laugh, your brother’s story and the Cleveland Reference killed me

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        • Lady CAS · February 4, 2016

          I swear i laugh hard every time I think about it. We were teenagers when it happened and you can bet that took some of that testosterone fueled air right outta them lungs LMBO. He was always so competitive for no reason. We both still laugh about that!

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          • Afrika Bohemian · February 4, 2016

            Really funny, brothers are awesome though

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  4. E. English · February 5, 2016

    “. . .but I went above and beyond for a higher position and title. So yea I am VAIN about this, LOL.”
    “. . .I swear I wonder how in God’s name they FIGHT it…I just fall and let it happen”

    *Tears shed* . . . I cannot deal with you or your career right now, Lmbo!

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    • Lady CAS · February 5, 2016

      Yep I own my vanity, LOL with confidence and when I was going for my masters and (considering a doctorate) I was going to get Dr. — embroidered on the beadrest and floormats of my car, LMBO)

      As far as the career and treadmills, uh yea…Girl I mean why fight it just makes it worse, LOL. I’m also a bit of a klutz you learn the law and that is the law, LMBO

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